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Use of mental health services by US children and teens rises

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 22 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2827
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The proportion of children and teens receiving outpatient mental health services in the United States has risen markedly in recent years, a new study has found. But most of the use was by youths with less severe or no mental health impairment, while more than half of youths with more severe impairment went without needed care.

Researchers, led by Mark Olfson of Columbia University, NY, analyzed data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys, which are nationally representative surveys of US households.1 They looked for trends in the outpatient use of …

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